Queen Victoria Building Sydney

The Queen Victoria Building is possibly the most beautiful shopping centre in the world.

Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night
Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night cc licensed photo by David Lee

The magnificent Queen Victoria Building, or QVB for short, is an architectural delight that should not be missed during you visit to Sydney. It is definitely one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the world and stunning to say the least. The QVB was completed in 1898 in the midst of a severe recession. The intricate Romanesque architecture topped with a centre dome required the employment many skilled craftsmen who would otherwise have been out of work during this difficult time.

When it first opened the QVB housed a concert hall, offices, warehouse space and shop space for many different services and tradespeople. Eventually the Concert Hall was replaced by the City Library and then, after a major retrofit in the 1930's, Sydney's City Council became the primary tenant.

The building gradually became run down again over the years and there was even some consideration of demolition. Fortunately, through a partnership agreement the building was painstakingly restored again between 1984 and 1986 followed by another refurbishing in 2009 for a total investment of $134 million.

The Queen Victoria Building now has many boutique shops and services throughout it's 4 levels. Outside the south end of the building the Bicentennial Plaza features a statue of Queen Victoria and the Royal Wishing Well which raises funds to benefit children who are deaf or blind.

There are many more interesting features and details in this incredible and beautifully detailed building - too many to mention here. This is one shopping centre where you may want to bring your camera.

Nearby attractions: Sydney Tower, Pitt Street Mall, Sydney Town Hall, Saint Andrew's Cathedral and Hyde Park.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Queen Victoria Building Sydney

Fee: No

Closed Now

Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website.

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Shopping Centers Landmarks & Historical Buildings

Address: 455 George St
Sydney New South Wales 2000

Phone: +61 2 9265 6800


Yelp Rating:
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5 Star Rating The Queen for a Queen. The Queen Victoria building is the Queen of Sydney ........ Read More

Miss R. Mar-08-2023

5 Star Rating This indoor shopping mall with 200 shops across five levels contains Australian fashion retailers and aboriginal art galleries showcasing art design and... Read More

Andrea U. Nov-17-2022

5 Star Rating A must see if in Sydney, not a designer label guy myself but it has it all, great to window shop, amazing coffee outlets, odd wine spots too. Good public... Read More

Brad D. Jan-06-2022

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail L2QVB1 minute
T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall1 minute
T2, T3, or T8St. James3 minutes

How to get to Queen Victoria Building Sydney by Train

By Light Rail L2: Exit at QVB which is right across the raod from the Queen Victoria Building.

By Train:Town Hall Station has a direct underground passage to the QVB (1 minute) or Exit St. James Station onto Elizabeth Street and cross over and continue west on Market Street (3 minutes).

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